Heathfield mum of four is picture perfect

Sarah and 4 awards!
Sarah and 4 awards!

A HEATHFIELD mother of four has proved she is one of the best photographers in the South East by winning four categories in the region’s most prestigious photography awards.

Sarah Tate, who specialises in photographing children and families was thrilled to win three categories and a merit in the Master Photographers’ Association South East Awards.

Sarah won the Children’s Portraiture, Wedding Photojournalism and the Pictorial and Fine Art categories and Merit in the Contemporary Portraiture category. Her success follows on from a string of awards in 2011.

She said: “I can’t believe I won again after my success last year as the competition was really tough again. The awards are very important to me as they prove to clients that you are skilled and that your work is of high quality.”

Photographer and judge Martin Grahame said: “There were a number of outstanding images at the MPA’s South East Region’s Annual Awards and one or two clearly stood out. Sarah’s images that involved pregnant ladies using cloth and textures were an innovative approach to a genre that is so easy to shoot in the most ordinary of ways. The lighting, composition and presentation were exceptional. The image in the Wedding Photojournalism category hit the mark perfectly. A great, clear story, perfectly exposed, beautifully composed and delightfully presented. Sarah should be exceptionally proud of her achievements in such a tough competition.”

Sarah also gained merits in the 2009 national MPA awards for her portraits and in 2010 received an MPA Award of Excellence for them. In 2011 she won awards for a children’s portrait and a photograph of a pregnant woman with her child as well as merits for her shots of a family and their new-born baby and a wedding photograph.